Rooster Comb-Snow Mountain Loop

Keene Valley, New York

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This enjoyable loop passes through pleasant woods to two excellent close-in views of the Adirondacks giants. Rooster Comb and Snow Mountain are lesser peaks compared to their 4,000-foot neighbors, but both offer spectacular close-up views of those neighbors, particularly from the summit of Rooster Comb. The hike described here takes you over both peaks, but you can opt out of Snow Mountain and just hike Rooster Comb as a loop (5.7 miles, including a spur to Valley View Ledge), or you can hike Rooster Comb out and back the same way (5.4 miles). Snow Mountain adds an extra, fairly easy 1.4 miles to the route. Once you’re at the junction to Snow Mountain, the temptation is difficult to resist. And from Snow Mountain, you get a very nice view of Rooster Comb!

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"This enjoyable loop passes through pleasant woods to two excellent close-in views of the Adirondacks giants. Rooster Comb and Snow Mountain are lesser peaks compared to their 4,000-foot neighbors, but both offer spectacular close-up views of those neighbors, particularly from the summit of Rooster Comb.

The hike described here takes you over both peaks, but you can opt out of Snow Mountain and just hike Rooster Comb as a loop
(5.7 miles, including a spur to Valley View Ledge), or you can hike Rooster Comb out and back the same way (5.4 miles). Snow Mountain adds an extra, fairly easy 1.4 miles to the route. Once you’re at the junction to Snow Mountain, the temptation is difficult to resist. And from Snow Mountain, you get a very nice view of Rooster Comb!"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Keene Valley
Distance: 6.9
Elevation Gain: 1,986 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Lake Placid, High Peaks: Adirondack Park
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Keene Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Rooster Comb-Snow Mountain Loop

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May 2018